Darren Welch, a member of the Hearers and In the Pines, had, until very recently, the kind of monstrous beard 11th century yeomen would cultivate to keep themselves warm whilst protecting the king's deer from poachers.
Last Wednesday at the Brick during a rousing performance of "Bob Fox's Wallet," Darren squealed like a mad hillbilly, shaved, and squealed some more. That flippin' beard fell to the floor like a dead marmot. There's got to be a law against that, but fuck it. Here's footage, sent in by Hearer David Moore.
The Hearers' new CD, Flowers & Flames, comes out soon on Anodyne Records.